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April 2020

Literary Partners: Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Danielle Pafundo & Edward Dougherty Free & open to the public Danielle Pafunda is the author of nine books of prose and poetry, including The Book of Scab (Ricochet Editions, 2018), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books, 2013), and Manhater (Dusie Press, 2012), Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press, 2010), as well as two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in three editions of The Best American Poetry, and has been widely anthologized. A teacher at Rochester Institutute of Technology, she has served on the board of directors of VIDA; and holds a BA…

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Literary Partners: Katherine Hastings & Charlie Coté

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Katherine Hastings is the author of three collections from Spuyten Duyvil Press: Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar (2016), Nighthawks (2014), and Cloud Fire (2012), as well as several chapbooks.  Poet laureate emerita of Sonoma County, CA, she edited Know Me Here: An Anthology of Poetry by Women; Digging Our Poetic Roots: Poems from Sonoma County; and What Redwoods Know: Poems from California State Parks. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She…

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Literary Partners: Paula Weld-Cary & Kitty Jospé

April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Paula Weld-Cary & Kitty Jospé Free & open to the public Paula Weld-Cary’s poetry has appeared in journals in the United States and abroad, including Portland Review, Slab, Cream City Review, Nimrod, Poetry Salzburg Review, Third Wednesday, and The Aurorean. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One of her poems is forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly and another in an environmental textbook. She lives in New York State. Kitty Jospé is a linguist and poet who has moderated popular weekly reading poetry appreciation sessions since 2008. She…

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Literary Partners: Gail Hosking & Georgia A. Popoff

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Georgia A. Popoff, of Syracuse, NY, is an editor, educator, and Workshops Coordinator and faculty member at the YMCA of Central NY’s Downtown Writers Center. For 20 years, she served on the editorial board of The Comstock Review, with 5 years as managing editor. Her poetry collections are Psychometry (Tiger Bark Press, 2019), Psalter: The Agnostic’s Book of Common Curiosities ( Tiger Bark Press, 2015), The Doom Weaver (Main Street Rag Publishers, 2008), and…

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Literary Partners: Jessica Cuello & Liza Flum

April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Jessica Cuello is the author of Hunt (The Word Works, 2017) and Pricking (Tiger Bark Press, 2016). She has been awarded The 2017 CNY Book Award, The 2016 Washington Prize, The New Letters Poetry Prize, a Saltonstall Fellowship, and most recently, The New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. Her most recent poems can be found in Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, Bat City Review, Pleiades, and Salamander. Liza Flum is a poet and teacher living in…

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May 2020

Literary Partners: Len Messineo & Rob Tyler

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Len Messineo’s work has appeared in Shenandoah, Tampa Review, New Novel Review, The Sun: Journal of Ideas,  and elsewhere.  His stories have been twice nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology; and his one-act plays, "By the Sea" and "My Anatomically Correct Artificial Life Form" have been performed at GEVA Theatre’s Regional Playwrights Festival in Rochester, NY.  Rob Tyler has dabbled in short fiction for decades. His stories, flash fiction, and prose poems…

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Literary Partners: Allison Roberts & Trish Annese

May 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Allison Roberts is co-founder of Impact Interactive, a theatre-based training company. www.impactinteractive.org. She is also a visual artist, actor, and writer. She is the founder and producer of the comedy troupe, EstroFest, (www.estrofestlaughs.com) and performs in local theater, TV commercials and film. Her visual art works include murals, theater sets, painting, illustration, and jewelry making.  Her written work has appeared in Rochester Magazine, City Newspaper, RocParent, and Democrat and & Chronicle.

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Literary Partners: Misty Yarnall & Diane Rivoli 

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Misty Yarnall has been published in The Roadrunner Review, KAIROS Literary Magazine, The Merrimack Review, and Gandy Dancer. Her short play was selected for in Writers & Books and Geva's 2 Pages/2 Voices this past January 2020. The recipient of the Langlois Award for short fiction, Misty works as a Visitors Services Associate at Writers & Books and leads the organization’s Writers Roc!, a writing group for 10-12- year- old writers. She currently is…

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Literary Partners: Cameron Miller & Judith Shenouda

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Cameron Miller is a writer and preacher exploring the sacred hiding in plain sight. He  has published two novels, Thoughtwall Café: Espresso in the Third Season of Life (Unsolicited Press, 2018), and Steam Room Diaries (DAOwen Press, Canada, 2015). His book of poems and essays, Cairn, Marking the Trace, is forthcoming. Miller’s poems can be found in such journals and antholgies as Poetry Quarterly, The Poet’s Quest for God, Crossroads, and Inwood Indiana Press.…

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June 2020

Literary Partners: Jenny Llloyd & Giovanna Campomizzi

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Free & open to the public Jenny Lloyd grew up in England. During her 20 years as a corporate wife, she lived in Italy and Mexico before moving to Rochester in 1980. A history professor at the College at Brockport, she has published Catching Meggie The Runaway Shetland Sheepdog;  Expatriation, and In My Mind’s Eye, a memoir of growing up on a farm in the West of England.   Giovanna Campomizzi May is an Italian-American immigrant with bi-polar disorder. Her memoir,…

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Literary Partners: Ralph Uttaro & Kathleen Wakefield

June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Kathleen Wakefield’s book Notations on the Visible World (2000) won the 1999 Anhinga Prize for Poetry.  Her most recent book Grip, Give and Sway was published by Silver Birch Press in 2016.  Her poems have appeared in such journals as the Beloit Poetry Journal, Image, The Georgia Review, The Journal, Kenyon Review, Midwest Quarterly, Poetry, Rattle, River Styx,Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, andSouthern Humanities Review.  She has worked as a poet-in-the-schools and taught creative writing at the Eastman School of Music and…

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Literary Partners: Taylor Solano & J. Edward Moss

June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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 Free & open to the public Rochester-based Taylor Solano writes for Floated Alternative Culture Magazine, a local publication focused on music, art, and alternative lifestyle topics. She also writes free-verse poetry and short microfiction pieces, wherein she enjoys converging perceptible experiences or traits with allegorical or mystical embellishments. Solano works as a reading teacher, sharing her passion for literature and the power of words with elementary school students. J. Edward Moss is a multimedia artist based in Rochester, NY. His…

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